I enjoyed my week in Kathmandu. Highlights included visiting Boudhanath stupa (consider walking during rush hour), Swayambhunath (definitely walk up the stairs in front), and ancient Durbar Square during both the day and evening. Also fun was browsing around the endless shopes of Thamel. The cafes served great local and Western food, and there were many travelers to swap stories and advice. Another highlight was walking to the town of Patan. It is not tough to navigate there and pass through some local parts of town on the way that you would miss in a taxi. I also found wandering aimlessly around the alleys of Kathmandu served up adventure after adventure. There are hidden temples, locals markets, children, monekys, cafes and excitment everywhere. Don’t be afraid; Kathmandu is a safe city.
Interestingly, back in 2004 anyhow, for cheaper flights, buy them in Nepal direct. This is the travel agent that I used. I think they are still in business
Hu-Yian Travels & Tours (P.) Ltd.
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